The best of Shirley Bassey at the BBC # 1

1958 WToday the first part of a BBC programme from 2013 called The Best of Shirley Bassey which was broadcast on Friday the 11th. of January.  I hope you enjoy this wonderful program from the BBC although unfortunately the BBC did not get all the facts right. In this first part you can watch Breakfast In Bed which WAS on TV!
Songs: A Lot Of Living To Do, As I Love You, Breakfast In Bed & Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. Also we have some newspaper clips from 1957 and 1958 the time As I Love was a hit.
(From the George Webb collection)




1957 AJ NMEBassey25thJan

1959 AW NMEBassey23rdJan2

1959 BH NMEBassey27thFeb

1959 BS NMEBassey30thJan5

1958 O NMEBassey19thDec2








The year 1997 was all about the BIG birthday with a number that Shirley just couldn’t pronounce at the time!
Below newspaper articles from Choice, The New Hampton Chronicle and The Scotland’s Champion.

We remember Jean -STILL-

This week I was browsing through some old blog posts and I came across this one from 2012. It was a tribute to our dear friend Jean Reade and I can’t believe it is almost 14 years ago she left us. Below a picture of her with Shirley and a short video when we caught Shirley in the afternoon rehearsing for the summer concert she gave at Cardiff Castle in the summer of 1995.


I would like to dedicate today’s Video Showcase to our dear friend and Dame Shirley fan Jean who passed away 4 years ago.
We all still miss her and she will never be forgotten and our thoughts are especially with her partner Janice, her sister Audrey and the rest of her family. Here is one of Jean’s favourites Still  from the 1994 concert Shirley Bassey did in Tokyo, Japan.

Live in Tokyo 1994
Live in Tokyo 1994


Morning’s just a moment away
And I’m without you once again
You laughed at me
You said you never needed me
I wonder if you need me now

We played the games that people play
We made mistakes along the way
Somehow I know deep in my heart
You needed me

Remembering the pain, if I must stay
It’s deep in my mind, and locked away
But then most of all
I Do Love You

Times I’m sure, will never forget
Those feelings we can’t put aside
For what we had
Sometimes I try to understand
But it’s so heavy on my mind

So many dreams that flew away
So many words we didn’t say
Two people lost in a storm
Where did we go?
Where’d we go?
Lost what we both had found
You know we let each other down
But then most of all
I Do Love You

We played the games that people play
We made mistakes along the way
Somehow I know deep in my heart
You needed me
‘Cause I needed you so desperately
We were too blind to see
But then most of all
I do love you

(Transcribed by Roman)



Today some newspaper articles from 1996. Above an article from the Evening Mail with on the first page a picture of Maxine Barrie, not Shirley Bassey. In 1996 there was tour and Shirley starred on the Chris Rea film La Passione. In October that year we were present at the recording of her 60th. birthday special. Below an interview with Dame Edna from that year.